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Wolves will get no favours, claims Nuno

Torino v Wolves, Europa League Play-Off First Leg, Stadio Olimpico, Tonight, 8.00pm

By Simon Peach

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has dismissed suggestions the Premier League club's Portuguese links could prove useful in their Europa League showdown with Torino tonight.

Nuno's side - conquerors of Crusaders earlier in the campaign - meet the Serie A outfit at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in the first leg of their play-off tie, with referee Artur Dias and his team taking charge.

Like the Wanderers boss, his coaching staff and seven members of the squad, the officials are from Portugal, prompting claims from sections of Italian media that the visitors may enjoy an advantage.

However, Nuno said: "There's no issue here, come on. Our native language here is English, everyone speaks English to each other.

"Before the game, we never speak about the referee, I think it's the best way for him to referee normally and not create any pressure.

"Normal game, good referee, good teams - let's play."

Both sides finished seventh in their respective leagues last season with Wolves nine points adrift of Manchester United in sixth in their first season back in the top flight and Torino only three worse off than Roma.

The Italians are yet to kick off their domestic season, but have disposed of Hungarians Debrecen and Belarussian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk, scoring 13 goals in the process. Wolves have drawn with both Leicester and Manchester United in the league.

Wolves' Republic of Ireland wing-back Matt Doherty, who did not re-appear after the break in Monday night's 1-1 home draw with United because of illness, is fit and in a squad which comprises the 18 men selected for that game, plus defenders Max Kilman and Jesus Vallejo.

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